The commissioner’s office and the MLBPA has informed Chase Utley and the Dodgers that he is no longer required to serve a suspension for his infamous take-out slide that injured Met’s shortstop Ruben Tejada in game 2 of the 2015 NLDS. The takeout slide broke Tejada’s fibula and ended his season. The slide caused an uproar around the interwebs because it made people feel yucky inside. Even though it really wasn’t that bad and Tejada was out of position with his back to the play. Since it happened people have been clamoring for a rule change banning the takeout slides which has been a part of baseball since the invention of the game.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) March 6, 2016
Several weeks ago Commissioner Rob Manfred and the MLBPA announced a change to the ruling to help protect infielders from those nasty evil takeout slides. It’s hard to define when and where a slide begins but MLB has tried to do that with this new ruling.
A “bona fide slide” for purposes of Rule 6.01 occurs when the runner:
(1) begins his slide (i.e., makes contact with the ground) before reaching the base;
(2) is able and attempts to reach the base with his hand or foot;
(3) is able and attempts to remain on the base (except home plate) after completion of the slide; and
(4) slides within reach of the base without changing his pathway for the purpose of initiating contact with a fielder.
Old man and opponent of fun Joe Torre originally suspended Utley for two games for the incident. Utley appealed the suspension and was allowed to play in the remainder of the NLDS while his appeal was being processed per the rules.
Now it appears as though Torre has changed his stance now that the rule has been changed. So Utley will not have to serve any suspension after all. I wonder what Abner Doubleday would think about all of this? How do you feel about this?